Wireless carrier Verizon and communications solution provider Corning recently announced they have started commercial in-building cell site installations for enterprise customers. Initial deployments are taking place in Verizon retail store locations in order to provide the fastest 5G Ultra Wideband experience for the carrier’s customers and employees. It’s also expected that the sites will be installed at flexible office space provider WeWork’s locations throughout the United States.
“We believe our customers deserve the most advanced 5G technology to provide a genuinely differentiated and superior service,” Verizon Business CEO Tami Erwin said in a statement. “We have quickly moved from proof of concept to commercial availability and now scalability for our enterprise customers. The unprecedented performance of 5G Ultra Wideband is not just an investment for growth, it is a critical step in our customers’ digital transformation.”
About the Corning indoor 5G solution
Corning’s indoor 5G solution is part of the company’s portfolio of indoor cellular solutions designed for enterprise customers. The solution features a fully integrated baseband unit, radios and antennas all wrapped up in an attractive package. The Corning indoor 5G solution also provides future-ready 5G performance by using its composite fiber, with fiber for data transmission and copper for powering in just one cable.
“This solution that Verizon and Corning are bringing to the market is the first step to unlocking the promise and potential of 5G for enterprise applications from large venues to small venues and all in between, Corning Optical Communications Vice President Michael O’Day told Connected Real Estate Magazine. “We’re working closely with Verizon to develop and deploy these solutions and build the business case and value proposition for enterprises so that they can understand and unlock the potential of 5G for the next decade to come.”
The importance of indoor cell sites
Verizon will install Corning’s indoor cell site in its own stores, WeWork locations along with facilities such as hospitals, manufacturing sites, warehouses, schools, ports, commercial office spaces and retail stores. The common thread among these places—they’re all indoor environments where large amounts of data traffic must be managed and optimized. The installation will bring Verizon’s 5G mmWave service to these facilities and make the promise of private networks with Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) one step closer to reality.
“In order to move the cloud into an organization’s facility, they must first have access to the fastest 5G in the marketplace,” Erwin said. “By combining access to our 5G Ultra Wideband indoors, with a private MEC platform to bring the power of the cloud into a business’ facility, and a private core that helps to run the operations of the Network, an enterprise will be able to have a secure, ultra-reliable, high-speed, low-latency private 5G solution.”
A private 5G network has three components—5G Ultra Wideband indoors, private MEC and a private network core. When they all live in one facility, speed and efficiency are increased because data no longer has to travel through multiple routers and across large spaces. Additionally, the need to share core resources with the macro network will also be eliminated. CRE owners can also now enjoy the flexibility to have specific capabilities developed that are tailored to their private network.
Additionally, private 5G networks will make enterprise automation and digitization efforts faster, enhance how customers interact in a retail environment, support sensors and alerts in all aspects of an operation, and provide real-time, on-site video analysis. Verizon’s mmWave bandwidth and reliability, will allow private 5G networks to offer the scalability to manage massive numbers of devices along with advanced capabilities such as Edge AI, computer vision and other emerging technologies.
WeWork looks to meet tenants’ connectivity demands
WeWork has had its share of recent financial hiccups, but it remains a global leader in the flexible office space industry. The company is one of the first in the world to sign a deal with Verizon Business to provide Corning’s 5G indoor cells at 10 of its U.S. locations, including Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Seattle.
WeWork recognizes that businesses and employees’ technology-related demands have grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Access to digital platforms has never been more critical, and working with Verizon and Corning will allow WeWork to meet its clients’ needs with a hybrid model and offering the ability to harness Verizon 5G power.
Technology will continue to shape how people work in the future. 5G networks will be instrumental in improving the user experience, facilitating next generation connectivity and bringing unprecedented network speeds to users.
“As the last several months have shown, the demand for flexible space solutions, accompanied with the ability to connect to reliable, fast networks, has never been more valuable,” Hamid Hashemi, Chief Product and Experience Officer at WeWork said in a statement. “That is why WeWork, a leader in flexible space, is partnering with companies like Verizon, to elevate the quality of business solutions available to members in our spaces so that they are able to run and grow their business.”
Enterprise clients can contact either Verizon or Corning if they would like to purchase Corning’s indoor 5G solution for their buildings.
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